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Texans love kolaches. These Czech pastries have grown into a regular staple found in both donut shops and bakeries across the Lone Star State. Filled with meats, cheeses or fruit fillings, there is a type of kolache to please everybody. The eight places listed below make the best kolaches in Texas.
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Village Bakery was the first all-Czech bakery to open in Texas in 1952. Located in the town of West, which is known as the top location to get an excellent kolache in Texas, Village Bakery proudly stands among the other great kolache spots in this small central Texas town. Find fluffy kolaches with classic Czech fillings, such as poppyseed, apricot, prune and cherry, along with savory kolaches too. These made-from-scratch kolaches are baked on a vintage, gas-fired oven, so you’re sure to get a tasty creation made with considerate detail. Even if you aren’t located in West, Village Bakery ships its pastries to kolache lovers throughout the country.
Czech Stop and Little Czech Bakery may be one of the most well-known kolache places on this list. This establishment is found just off Interstate 35 in West, Texas, and has become a popular rest stop. Located in a Shell gas station, you may think this spot doesn’t house some of the best kolaches in the state, but you’d be very wrong. Find a variety of kolaches from sweet to savory along with other baked goods and even sandwiches. For decades now, Czech Stop has yet to close its doors. Unlike other places on this list, Czech Stop is open 24 hours and seven days a week. Therefore, you can cure your kolache craving at Czech Stop no matter what time it is.
This family owned and operated bakery is worth a detour from Interstate 35 into the town of La Grange. Weikel’s prides itself on making made-from-scratch kolaches, which has boosted Weikel’s popularity among locals and tourists alike. With a recipe straight from Czechoslovakia by Alvin Weikel’s great-grandmother, there’s no way this kolache joint could go wrong. If they aren’t sold out before you get there, try the classic cream cheese kolache here.
If you’re traveling on Highway 71 between Houston and Austin, don’t pass up Hruska’s in Ellinger, Texas. With a kolache recipe that dates back to 1962, Hruska’s has grown into must-stop attraction for doughy kolache treats. The bakery has a display case that will make your mouth water. You’re here for the kolaches but the other treats, such as the cinnamon rolls and cookies, are worth a taste too. However, there is a certain type of kolache here that you will only find at Hruska’s, and that’s the pork sausage kolache made with fresh pork pan sausage. It’s a delicious treat, but so are all the other sweet and savory kolaches found at Hruska’s.
Original Kountry Bakery is a family-run business that has been in operation since 1973. Now run by the daughters of the original owners, Original Kountry Bakery serves up baked goods, chili, burgers and of course kolaches in Schulenberg. For those traveling on Highway 77, it’s a great pit stop on your way from Houston or San Antonio. Even if you don’t have time to spare to walk into this bakery, still get your kolache fix from Original Kountry Bakery’s drive through.
Unlike other kolache hot spots on this list, Chappell Hill Bakery is more than just a bakery; it’s a full-service restaurant. So come to Chappell Hill Bakery for the kolaches but stay for the barbecue. Located on Highway 290, between Brenham and Houston, this highway establishment is a must-stop for kolache lovers.
This popular bakery in the historic area of Rosenberg has grown into a must-visit kolache spot thanks to Chef Nicolas Maresh, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America. His love for kolaches transfers into his doughy and delectable pastries. At Old Main Street Bakery, the lemon poppy seed kolache has become a fan favorite, so make sure to come early before they run out. After stuffing your face with some of the best kolaches in the state, walk around Rosenberg, which is a great place to visit and take a stroll through the historic buildings and shopping district.
This list wouldn’t be complete without an underdog, and Two Czech Chicks Kolache Shoppe & Bakery in Danbury is just that. This bakery is relatively new to the Texas kolache scene, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t churn out some of the best kolaches in the state. It also helps that the two women who own the restaurant are from West, Texas, known as the kolache capital of the state and home to Czech Stop and Village Bakery. Furthermore, the recipe used at Two Czech Chicks has been passed down from their Czech grandmother, so you could say that baking kolaches runs in the family. Do keep in mind that Two Czech Chicks closes at 11 a.m., so get there early to get your pick of some of the best kolaches in Texas.